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General Discussion / Re: Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:16:32 PM »
I agree that is some pretty soil.  I just got my seed planted indoors this morning since we are almost 6 weeks from our last normal frost.

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Tools and Equipment / Re: Advice in buying a PTO Tiller
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:15:53 PM »
ccat - we have a sales tax but the tractor dealers don't charge it to folks that are from out of state.  The dealer at Yearwood Kubota in Fayetteville told us they have more business out of Alabama because of that.

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Tools and Equipment / Re: Advice in buying a PTO Tiller
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:16:25 PM »
I'm not sure if you are one to try to avoid sales tax but when we bought our tractor and implements we were still South Carolina residents.  That meant that when we bought our tractor in Tennessee there was no sales tax.  You aren't far south of the border.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:26:51 PM »
Thanks Ms Maggie.  The boys that we have on the ground are all on reserve so they pay for themselves also.   :)

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:06:23 PM »
No new lambs yet. Seven out of ten in this first group have lambed and so far there are 7 ram lambs and 3 ewe lambs. I'm starting to think that one of the three left may have aborted since she doesn't look like she is carrying.

The second group of 8 ewes should start lambing in 2 or 3 weeks.

A couple of pictures with the flock on the bank of a rain water catch basin.


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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:45:58 PM »
We got the latest twins tagged and weighed today The ewe lamb was 8.2 and the ram lamb was 10.1

This ewe is one of the calmest that we have and she is smart enough to stick around when the rest of the sheep went out to graze.  She knows if she stays in the shelter she will get feed and alfalfa (which she did).


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General Discussion / Re: using oil dry as a seed starter
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:59:01 PM »
I had one be experience with Miracle Grow that was stored outside.  I don't know if it developed a fungus or what but every seed in that flat came up and then quickly died.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:06:04 PM »
My favorite ewe had a set of twins about an hour ago but we will leave them alone until the morning to make sure they bond.  I'm guessing one of the lambs is around 8 pounds and the other is around 10 pounds.  This ewe is one of our smallest so that is a lot of lamb to be carrying around.

We weighed the first born ram lamb this morning and he has put on 10 pounds in the week he has been around.

We took a couple of pictures in the shop stall to show how well the lambs are doing.


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The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:20:25 AM »
Whenever I want to feel envious all I have to do is open this thread.  :)

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:32:48 AM »
The next group could be as early as two weeks from now.  It's hard to pin point the younger ones since you don't know when they are cycling when they are out on pasture.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:19:18 PM »
Ben - that was a good video and something I could really relate to.

Our newest addition is another lamb ram.  I was hoping for at least 50% ewes but we are still a ways off from being done.  I was planning on culling any of the two and three year olds that didn't have at least twins but I'll give them one more season.

The 1st picture is Teresa with the latest ram lamb.  His mom is actually one of our least trusting but for whatever reason she never gets stressed when we are handling her lambs.  She won't let it get out of her scent range though.

I included the picture of a couple at the door to my shop.  We have a steep hill down from the house to the shop and when they see me coming down they all congregate at the door. If I'm not careful they will come right inside.

The picture of part of the flock with the tarp covered trailer is our alfalfa storage.  The trailer was totaled in a tornado last year and we managed to straighten the frame enough to be able to move it around the farm but it will never see the highway again. It does hold exactly 50 bales of alfalfa so it has a good purpose again.

We added a tarp to the stall that we use at the end of the shop.  The stall was starting to get crowded and we wanted some additional    protection from the weather.



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General Discussion / Re: Prayers for Bill (Golpher Broke)
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:07:15 AM »
I love your attitude.  We are pleased to add our prayers

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Happy Hour / Re: When God Sends You Help, don't Ask Questions!
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:12:27 PM »
That was great   8)

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:57:30 PM »
Thanks Ben - I'll watch that one.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:09:35 AM »
I finally got the latest pictures of the newest twins off of the phone now that they are cleaned up.  The ewe lamb weighed just shy of 8 lbs and the ram lamb was 10.2.  They all have some light brown spots on them and I'm curious if they will fade or not since they are unique.


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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:48:13 PM »
I thought you folks might get a kick out of this.  No pictures this time but I saw a side of my big white dogs that I had not seen until today. I take their food out and use the time after eating for a bit of training but being there lets the dogs eat without having to worry about the other dog. Ringo our ram decided to be stupid today for some reason as he usually gives the dogs a wide berth when they are eating. But today he made a bee line for Maisy's bowl and Maisy lit into him. He lunged sideways which unfortunately put him almost on top of Thor's bowl. Thor doesn't bite the sheep but makes some hellacious noise and wraps those long legs around him. Of course that made Ringo jump away again but this jump put him on a direct hit for me. I didn't even see it happen but both dogs shot into the gap between me and Ringo and went at him. No blood was drawn and it was mostly noise but Ringo took his big behind to the other side of the pasture.
 

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General Discussion / Re: "The Three Sisters" Revisited
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:46:19 PM »
I'm interested in seeing how yours turns out.  I did it once with corn and pole beans but the beans won the race.  Bush squash did well but that was it.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:15:45 PM »
I was out working with the pup and took a few random pictures. A few of the lambs were playing on the bank of our normally dry pond that is about to overflow. The close up is of my favorite ewe. She should be culled since has has lousy confirmation and doesn't carry the size we want but she throws pretty twins consistently. She also knows how to stay off the sale block and out of the freezer by acting like a puppy.  She comes up and nuzzles every time I'm out there.  She is due any day now and is probably carrying twins in spite of her small size.

Also one picture of Maisy and Thor. He is 7 months old now and is going to be a giant. He has a ferocious side when he is on alert but he is normally calm and loves to interact.


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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:16:10 AM »
Maggie,  I will as they happen.  We have 5 more ewes to lamb in this batch and then 8 more in a few weeks.

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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:29:53 PM »
For those that like pictures, here are the latest lambs. She wasn't quite finished cleaning them up in the pictures.

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